Friday, April 5, 2024
Headshot of Samantha Tamborski

Area of Study
Master of Public Affairs
Concentration: Public Policy

What did you do before you joined the masters program?
I completed a B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis on political behavior and a minor in Human Relations here at the University of Iowa.

Why did you choose to attend the University of Iowa School of Planning and Public Affairs (SPPA)?
It was a sense of community I found when visiting the School of Planning and Public Affairs that enticed me to join the program. Everyone I met had a strong sense of motivation for a career in public service, as well as knowledge to effectively generate an impact in their field of choice. I thought coming into the program I was going to be surrounded by individuals who would be smarter than me, which was intriguing, allowing an opportunity to learn from my peers. Also, SPPA faculty were extremely welcoming and cared deeply about the success of each student.

What excites you the most about being apart of the SPPA community?
There is always something going on. Whether it be an international food day, happy hour with faculty and students, or the option to attend various conferences. There's always an opportunity to learn and collaborate with others. It has been very exciting to engage with individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives leading to very fruitful conversations.

What's next for you?
Challenging authority figures and running the world.

What advice would you give to someone considering pursuing a master of public affairs at the School of Planning and Public Affairs?
Check out the University of Iowa SPPA website! Look through the curriculum and past student projects. If it sounds interesting, you should apply.

What do you enjoy doing outside of school?
I enjoy making chicken Parmesan on Mondays like clockwork.